Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Warden Hill Infant School.
We have security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any E-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online Safety Policy. Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem.
Education around safe use is essential.
We use the Hector’s World Safety Button to help protect your child when they are using computers in school. Hector is a dolphin who swims in the top right-hand corner of our computer screens.
Children are taught to click on Hector if they see something that makes them feel confused or scared when they are using a computer as part of their learning. Hector then covers the screen while your child gets help from their teacher.
Websites for more information
CEOP The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Cybercafe UK Safer Internet Centre
CBBC Stay Safe
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox360 settings, Jargon busting, Iphone safety tips, iPad safety tips and many more ‘How to Guides’. Well worth a read!
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.